In a customarily pun-riddled Facebook post, the Fairbanks Police Department reached out to the Fairbanks community to assist in purchasing Christmas gifts for Fairbanks seniors.
The endeavor revolves around what FPD has dubbed the “Senior Giving Tree”, a Christmas tree adorned with 93 cards -- each featuring the name of a Fairbanks Pioneer Home resident and what they want for Christmas.
FPD asks that anyone who chooses to take a card from the tree return the card along with the gift so that they can “check it off of Santa’s list and ensure it is delivered to the correct recipient.” What the FPD did not expect was that by 1PM on Thursday, all 93 cards would be picked up by Fairbanks residents.
Now FPD is focused on another feature of the Senior Giving Tree. In festive bins which have also been placed around the tree, people may give gifts including neck pillows, toiletry bags, toiletries, “grippy” slippers/socks, men and women’s winter hats and sunglasses, which will go to residents of the Denali Center. The Denali Center gifts do not have to be wrapped, simply placed in the bin.
The FPD is now placing cards on the tree that people can pick up and give specific gifts requested by the Denali Center.
The gifts will be collected until the afternoon of Christmas Eve, when FPD officers and other “elfin helpers” will begin to give the gifts to their recipients.
Two weeks before Christmas, Chief of Police Nancy Reeder commented on the generosity of the Fairbanks community, saying, “It warms your heart, it really does. I mean, what a giving community and a loving community Fairbanks is! I just can't say enough about it."
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